Back in Oct 2006, BBC's Newsnight broadcast an investigation by Simon Singh (in association with Sense About Science) into how some homeopaths were advising people to use homeopathic products for malaria instead of referring them to a GP or conventional travel clinics where proven effective medicines are available.
Then in April this year, BBC's southwest regional program Inside Out broadcast a piece on how Neal's Yard were selling homeopathic remedies to prevent and treat serious diseases like malaria.
The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products regulatory Agency) were pretty quick in slapping down Neal's Yard and getting them to remove the product from their shelves (although Neal's Yards press release didn't mention the MHRA demand).
In my recap of the events since the Newsnight Sting, I mentioned that Helios Homeopathy, a UK-based pill peddler, was still selling Malaria Officinalis. Thanks to a complaint to the MHRA, the link now looks like this, i.e. product gone. It seems they have also been reprimanded by MHRA and dropped the product from their range, and added the legend:
Please note that any reference to a disease name does not indicate a treatment for this disease. Helios remedies are without therapeutic indications.
Without therapeutic indications, eh? So what exactly are they for then? Or, to analyse the products a bit further what exactly is Malarial Owl Blood used for?
It has been a few years since the old double, double toil and trouble routine, but can we really be able to buy homeopathic malarial owl's blood? And what the dickens can it supposedly be used for? Funny enough, even Google only references back to Helios Homeopathy.
For once, I'm really glad there isn't the remotest chance of getting even the hint of a molecule of malarial owl's blood. Homeopathy is placebo-based nonsense, but this is just weird.